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Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC, and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way...even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!


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Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they're the BSC, and they will deal with whatever's thrown their way...even if it's a rival baby-sitting club!

30 review for The Truth About Stacey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I started reading the Baby-Sitter's Club books when I was nine years old, and even though they are deeply formulaic and predictable and old-fashioned and ridiculous, I loved them then and I love them now and I will continue to love them with the same fervor until I die (not to get all hyperbolic or anything). They were recommended to me (actually to my mom for me) by the mom of one of my elementary school classmates (thanks, Mrs. Lee!) because one of the main characters, Stacey, has diabetes (th I started reading the Baby-Sitter's Club books when I was nine years old, and even though they are deeply formulaic and predictable and old-fashioned and ridiculous, I loved them then and I love them now and I will continue to love them with the same fervor until I die (not to get all hyperbolic or anything). They were recommended to me (actually to my mom for me) by the mom of one of my elementary school classmates (thanks, Mrs. Lee!) because one of the main characters, Stacey, has diabetes (that's the ominous "Truth" in The Truth About Stacey). Stacey is the first diabetic character I encountered in literature, and she remained the only one for a couple years (until I got Sweetblood from the Scholastic book fair in fifth or sixth grade and I became obsessed with that book instead). It's only years later that I realized how outdated (and somewhat problematic) the representation of diabetes is in these books. Stacey can't eat pizza (my nightmare) or any of the good snacks at club meetings, and the club members continually mention that it's "gross" Stacey has to give herself shots and that they could never do it ("I could never give myself shots multiple times a day!"). [This is one of my all-time least favorite things people say to me about diabetes, because it's total bullshit. When your options are "shots" or "death," my guess is that 99.99 percent of people are gonna choose shots.] Anyway. I only recently learned that the first few BSC books had been updated into graphic novels and I was curious to see how they'd be updated, especially with regard to Stacey's diabetes, since the text was first published in 1986. I couldn't tell when exactly the graphic novels are set: the girls still answer a regular telephone with a cord at club meetings, and although Claudia's outfits remain wacky, they're not specifically late 80s/early 90s–wacky—and I imagine that even a modern Claudia would be wearing some wild outfits, so that didn't give me any clues. As for diabetes updating, the graphic novel provides a little more factual, straightforward information about what diabetes is during the scenes focused on Stacey's diagnosis (at least as far as I remember it's more info, since I haven't read the original in a loooooong time). The diabetes representation that bothered me the most actually bothered me more in the graphic novel interpretation than it did in the original book (although again, I haven't read the original in a long time, so this is just based on my memory). Stacey takes Charlotte for a walk downtown and they go into a candy store, and Stacey is ~*tempted*~ by the evils of sugar and chocolate! (To be fair, so is Charlotte, but the "to eat candy or not to eat candy" dilemma isn't as "life or death" for her.) Anyway, there's a very dramatic panel of Stacey reaching for the candy, mouth watering, and then tearing herself away and running out of the store, as though if she stays there for one more second she will eat the candy and then, presumably, drop dead on the spot. Because that's totally how it works. In 1986, were diabetic children supposed to eat candy? No, probably not, because we didn't have the technology and knowledge that we do now. But in 2015—or 2017—can diabetic children eat candy? If they take the right insulin for it, sure, why not. It's yet another example of diabetes being used to create dramatic tension just for the sake of creating tension, of using diabetes as a plot device, and it really bummed me out. It plays into these stupid stereotypes that still (somehow) exist, that diabetics can't eat sugar or that we got diabetes because we ate too much candy, and so on and so on. Side note: this whole thing could be avoided if Stacey had an insulin pump. It makes candy-eating (and spontaneous eating in general) sooo much easier. (Side note to the side note: Are there even any diabetic characters in literature who use a pump? I can't think of any, which is weird, because almost all of the diabetics I know in real life are on pumps.) But seriously, you could make a whole book about Stacey getting a pump. It is a normal event in the life of a child with diabetes that could provide some interesting plot points (i.e. Stacey explaining to the kids she babysits for how a pump works/telling them not to push the buttons. Or middle schoolers make stupid jokes about it and Stacey takes them down, and the other members of the club support her!), but then it would stop being a plot point and just be a thing happening in the background of all BSC books that quietly—NOT dramatically—makes Stacey's life better. I would have loooooved to see a story like that when I was actually reading BSC books, because all of those things (and more) happened to me and it is cool to read books that actually reflect your own experiences, instead of all of this misplaced fear about sugar and candy that I did not actually have. My own experiences involved plenty of candy, thank goodness. Tl;dr: four stars because while this series and these books are very important to me, I still wish the portrayal of Stacey's diabetes was handled in a different way. And I still think she should get a pump. Because pumps are awesome.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lola

    Stacey was very secretive in the first volume, because she feared if she told her friends that she was diabetic, they would suddenly stop talking to her like her best friend back in New York did. Obviously she was wrong to believe that, but she did tell the Baby-Sitters Club the truth in the end and everyone accepted her. In this volume, we get a glimpse of her past and her family life. We are able to understand her everyday life better and what it means for her to be diabetic. But this volume d Stacey was very secretive in the first volume, because she feared if she told her friends that she was diabetic, they would suddenly stop talking to her like her best friend back in New York did. Obviously she was wrong to believe that, but she did tell the Baby-Sitters Club the truth in the end and everyone accepted her. In this volume, we get a glimpse of her past and her family life. We are able to understand her everyday life better and what it means for her to be diabetic. But this volume does not only focus on Stacey. She may be the main character, but the main subject concerns all Baby-Sitters Club members. Indeed, the club may be in danger of losing all of its customers, seeing that there is a new club in town. This club has something Stacey’s does not: older members. However, the girls will realize that it’s not because someone is older that they are more responsible. They will also have to find a way to save their club which means everything to them. It brings them together like nothing else does. I enjoyed this volume much more than the previous one. The Baby-Sitters Club members are able to understand more about life and friendship with every new chapters that appears. It was a blast. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    This was very good. I like these girls and their adventures and challenges!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiffy

    Oh the nostalgia!! I grew up loving the Baby-Sitter's Club and these graphic novels are a fun way to bring back memories of my childhood.

  5. 4 out of 5

    vanessa

    This series is so heartwarming and believable. I loved that the girls were met with a challenge to their business in this one and I enjoyed getting to know Stacey more. A very sweet and cozy read on this rainy day.

  6. 5 out of 5

    H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Did u know that Stacey is from New York... also that she has diabetes

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Oh my God! I’m having such nostalgic feels over this series. Keep ‘em comin’!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meepelous

    Perhaps unsurprisingly this book continues what is a great adaption of a rather timeless series. While I was a bit concerned by the lack of modern issues tackled in the first book, I have since read Drama by Raina Telgemeier and published by Scholastic, which was for a similar age group but completely original. Since Scholastic and Telgemeier are obviously not afraid of tackling the more "modern" issues that children are facing, I'm much more comfortable with this book - which is an a Perhaps unsurprisingly this book continues what is a great adaption of a rather timeless series. While I was a bit concerned by the lack of modern issues tackled in the first book, I have since read Drama by Raina Telgemeier and published by Scholastic, which was for a similar age group but completely original. Since Scholastic and Telgemeier are obviously not afraid of tackling the more "modern" issues that children are facing, I'm much more comfortable with this book - which is an adaption of a much older book. Children are still - no doubt - dealing with issues of stigma and fear/ignorance when it comes to medical issues. Otherwise, even if I'm not the book's target audience I really enjoyed this book as a fun light read. A great adaption overall and something I would not hesitate to recommend.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I thought that it was a good read, but the one thing that is incorrect about the book is that in the original series, "The Truth About Stacey," is the third book while Claudia and the Phantom Phone Caller is the second book. They literally skipped 1 book in the series and in my opinion, Claudia and the Phantom Phone caller was one of the best books in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    This was a fun read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    katyjanereads

    1. As a 31 year old, The Baby-Sitters Club books were the pillar of my childhood and reading experience, so I love the graphic novels for a new generation. 2. I love BSC so much, I own all of the regular series, super specials, and nearly all of the mysteries. I am working on the Little Sisters too. I also listen to the Baby Sitter’s Club Club podcast. 3. I love Raina Telgemeier’s illustrations (I’m actually disappointed that the whole series isn’t done by her.) 4. Overall, I love 1. As a 31 year old, The Baby-Sitters Club books were the pillar of my childhood and reading experience, so I love the graphic novels for a new generation. 2. I love BSC so much, I own all of the regular series, super specials, and nearly all of the mysteries. I am working on the Little Sisters too. I also listen to the Baby Sitter’s Club Club podcast. 3. I love Raina Telgemeier’s illustrations (I’m actually disappointed that the whole series isn’t done by her.) 4. Overall, I loved the book and I am so glad they exist.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Soper

    This is just the best of the best for me as far as graphic novels go. My favorite series as a child meets the amazing Raina Telgemeier, and I could not have enjoyed it more! Crazy how the stories and characters came right back. What’s even better is my 8-year-old daughter is now a huge fan of this series. 💗

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    Wow, this one was chock-full of stuff. I really love seeing the BSC books come to live with these graphic novels. I hope there will be several more, well maybe not the whole series (as there are so many books), but maybe a few of the special ones. This time Stacey is the main character and it was so interesting to see things from her POV. Don't get me wrong, Kristy is an amazing character and I really liked her, but Stacey is just a bit different. Both of the girls have had their shar Wow, this one was chock-full of stuff. I really love seeing the BSC books come to live with these graphic novels. I hope there will be several more, well maybe not the whole series (as there are so many books), but maybe a few of the special ones. This time Stacey is the main character and it was so interesting to see things from her POV. Don't get me wrong, Kristy is an amazing character and I really liked her, but Stacey is just a bit different. Both of the girls have had their share of problems in their lives, but I think Stacey has had the biggest problem, and still has that problem. Her diabetes and how it changed her life. From a girl who could eat, drink and do anything, to a girl who has to take shots, keep an eye on what she eats, how much she eats and on her exercise, it is quite a change for an 12-year old girl. She also had to move, she lost a best friend. Quite a bit of the book is about Stacey's life with diabetes, we also find out what happened to her in her old city, and what happened to her friend. But we also see how her parents treat her, and while I can understand that the parents act like this, I wish they would also have listened to Stacey better. Made sure she was also comfortable with all the doctors, with all the diets. I know, Stacey is 12, and the parents have custody and all that jazz, but really, something big as this, something that impacts a life of anyone so much, I just wish the parents would look up, see that their daughter is a human being with wishes and hopes, and not just something to drag around and try to get fixed. Stacey is really a wonderful character, and I just loved the latter parts of the book, where she goes back to her old city to visit a doctor, but also meets a friend, and what happens there, well you will have to read the book, but I can guarantee you, it is just something that made me cheer and made me so happy. The other thing that is going on in this volume is the fact that our babysitters have competition. There is a new babysitters group in town, and they will do anything to get rid of our babysitter group. I really despised those girls. They didn't even want to truly babysit, they just wanted money and probably to also just be best in stuff. Using their older ages as an advantage (though again, these are 13/14 year old kids I am guessing? Why are they able to stay up so late? Sorry, but when I was that age, I couldn't just stay out until 11 or midnight, or even later. I just had to be home early, get to bed on time. I am amazed, and also a bit worried. But the whole competition and how dirty they played the stuff, wasn't the only reason I didn't like this group. They also treated the kids horrendously. Not watching them properly (look what almost happened to Jamie), not caring about allergies or interests of the kids. And that those parents just trusted them like that. Not even once noticing that their kids were sad or not all to happy with stuff. Kristy had some great ideas though, and I loved the ending of this. How it was solved, it was fantastic and I am happy it ended this way. The art is of course amazing, as expected since it is by Raina Telgemeier (one of my favourite artists). She really has a knack of bringing out the characters, bringing the story to life and so much more. You will just be dragged in the story and it won't let you go until the very end! One thing I didn't entirely like though was the fact that the characters look way older than they are. These are 12 to 13 year old girls, yet they look older. And every time they said their ages, I had to double-check to make sure they were right. All in all, I would highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone! Be sure to also check the first one out. As for me? I will be waiting for the third volume of this one, and hoping that there will be many more to follow! Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  14. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Cuteness and nostalgia overload! Stacey was always my favorite member of the BSC so it was nice to see a story from her perspective. The art is so cute! I am really enjoying revisiting this series. I can’t wait to read more of these adorable graphic novels.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) As a kid I LOVED the Baby-Sitters Club and would often spend hours scouring the library for the next title. Honestly, I probably read the series longer than I should have (reading level-wise), but it always felt like visiting friends. While I have never wanted to be a babysitter, I loved the club idea. As a bossy creative kid this was right up my alley. The friendships in this book was something I had always wanted. This was a series I grew up with and was m RATING: 4 STARS (Review Not on Blog) As a kid I LOVED the Baby-Sitters Club and would often spend hours scouring the library for the next title. Honestly, I probably read the series longer than I should have (reading level-wise), but it always felt like visiting friends. While I have never wanted to be a babysitter, I loved the club idea. As a bossy creative kid this was right up my alley. The friendships in this book was something I had always wanted. This was a series I grew up with and was my favourite for a long time. Confession time, I may have had a bit of a crush on Logan. I was working at the library and saw that this graphic novel come in while I checked material in. I was excited to see that Baby-Sitters Club was being introduced to another generation. I thumbed through the book and saw this was the same story with a few updates. While usually I am not a fan of updating original stories (as it gives us the time and place when something was first written), I was okay with this series being updated. Moving this novelized book into a graphic novel made it easier to accept new changes. I would definitely recommend this one to those who once enjoyed reading BSC in the past. This is also great read for young girls between 9-12. In book, we find out more about Stacey and why she always says no to sweets and needs to visit NYC every so often.

  16. 4 out of 5

    laaaaames

    Until I was about twenty-seven, I was absolutely terrified I would wet the bed. Now, I have never, ever wet the bed as an adult or a child, but I figured if I ever accidentally wet the bed, I was going to end up with diabetes (or at least a lot of blood work to find out I didn't have it) so basically I trained my bladder to awaken me upon the slightest hint, which means up until I forced myself out of this habit, I was getting up every night about five and six times for next to nothing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    I picked up a copy of this book because the Baby-Sitters Club series was my first book fandom when I was a kid (I even wrote a letter to Ann M. Martin and received one back from her!), and I was curious to see how Raina Telgemeier would shape the book into a graphic novel. The graphic novel style really updates this series for a new generation of kids. Oh, and much love to Martin for having an Asian American main character in these series. When I was growing up, characters who looked like me (or I picked up a copy of this book because the Baby-Sitters Club series was my first book fandom when I was a kid (I even wrote a letter to Ann M. Martin and received one back from her!), and I was curious to see how Raina Telgemeier would shape the book into a graphic novel. The graphic novel style really updates this series for a new generation of kids. Oh, and much love to Martin for having an Asian American main character in these series. When I was growing up, characters who looked like me (or frankly, who wasn't white) were few and far between. Claudia Kishi was important to me because she wasn't any of the stereotypes floating around- she wasn't studious, she wasn't good at math, she was artsy and had her own sense of style.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I took it upon myself to read this, after I read the first one. This one was very unexpected and I did not expect for stacey to have diabetes. It was ok but not as good as the first. Overall, it was good enough to make me read the third one which I will review after this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Zeldman

    MAGNIFICENT MAGICAL BOOKS KNOW OTHER LIKE THEM!!!! I love the story it is just so o I have no idea werds

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isabella Torres

    I have read the other books but this one was so good to read . It was a good story about Stacy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Riley

    What a great way to reimagine one of my favorite childhood series! Too wonderful!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Gomez

    The Baby Sitters Club Book #2, 'The Truth About Stacey' by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing graphic novel! It's mainly about how Stacey one of the babysitter club members, its about how she go diabetes and what she has to live with and do since she got them. It also talks about how Stacey was close friends with someone, but as soon as she fainted and got diabetes they just drifted apart and her 'friend' told everyone not to hang out with her so she was left alone with no friends. Stacey then moved The Baby Sitters Club Book #2, 'The Truth About Stacey' by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing graphic novel! It's mainly about how Stacey one of the babysitter club members, its about how she go diabetes and what she has to live with and do since she got them. It also talks about how Stacey was close friends with someone, but as soon as she fainted and got diabetes they just drifted apart and her 'friend' told everyone not to hang out with her so she was left alone with no friends. Stacey then moved to a smaller more peaceful city, 'Stoneybrook.' She soon made friends at this smaller town and became part of the babysitters club,who soon had some competition with the Baby Sitters agency which was made up of a group of 8th graders. They were irresponsible and just wanted the money which soon became known to the parents that were hiring these sitters. The baby sitters club was back in business. "We'll make you an honorary member of the baby sitters club!" The reason choose this book was because I love graphic novels! I recommend this book for 6-7th graders.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Giannah

    The Baby Sitters Club Book #2, 'The Truth About Stacey' by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing graphic novel! It's mainly about how Stacey one of the babysitter club members, its about how she go diabetes and what she has to live with and do since she got them. It also talks about how Stacey was close friends with someone, but as soon as she fainted and got diabetes they just drifted apart and her 'friend' told everyone not to hang out with her so she was left alone with no friends. Stacey then moved The Baby Sitters Club Book #2, 'The Truth About Stacey' by Raina Telgemeier is an amazing graphic novel! It's mainly about how Stacey one of the babysitter club members, its about how she go diabetes and what she has to live with and do since she got them. It also talks about how Stacey was close friends with someone, but as soon as she fainted and got diabetes they just drifted apart and her 'friend' told everyone not to hang out with her so she was left alone with no friends. Stacey then moved to a smaller more peaceful city, 'Stoneybrook.' She soon made friends at this smaller town and became part of the babysitters club,who soon had some competition with the Baby Sitters agency which was made up of a group of 8th graders. They were irresponsible and just wanted the money which soon became known to the parents that were hiring these sitters. The baby sitters club was back in business. "We'll make you an honorary member of the baby sitters club!" The reason choose this book was because I love graphic novels! I recommend this book for 6-7th graders.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leigha

    I liked this graphic novel a lot better than the first one and the artwork is starting to grow on me. --- Child/Teen me: 5 stars Adult me: 5 stars *For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving I liked this graphic novel a lot better than the first one and the artwork is starting to grow on me. --- Child/Teen me: 5 stars Adult me: 5 stars *For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group, except for kids reading erotica or something, of course.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carissa Galvan

    The Baby sitter club by Raina Telgemeier is book about a girl named Stacey who id part of a the Baby-sitters club and in this book there I another group of baby-sitters who are older and can baby-sit longer than Stacy, Mary-Anne, Kristy, and Claudia. They are called they Baby-Sitter's Agency. Most of their clients are hiring the Baby-sitters agency but they are not as good as they seem, they asked some of the kids that have been baby-sat by the baby-sitter's agency how good were they and they ha The Baby sitter club by Raina Telgemeier is book about a girl named Stacey who id part of a the Baby-sitters club and in this book there I another group of baby-sitters who are older and can baby-sit longer than Stacy, Mary-Anne, Kristy, and Claudia. They are called they Baby-Sitter's Agency. Most of their clients are hiring the Baby-sitters agency but they are not as good as they seem, they asked some of the kids that have been baby-sat by the baby-sitter's agency how good were they and they had said that they smoked and brought friends into their house. Stacy has diabetes so she goes to New York to see a doctor. Would you like to find out what happens to the to the baby-sitter's agency Read the book to find out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The second adoption of the original Baby Sitters novels. This one is about Stacey and her diabetes as well as a rival baby sitter group that is trying to take their business. Great graphic novel drawn by Raina Telgemeier. Fun, quick middle-school graphic novel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    TheBookWorm🐛 🐛

    This is actually a good book. Even though it may be heard more towards girls. I liked it a lot. My favorite character in this book is Stacey (mainly because the book is about her!). My least favorite character is...idk. This book was fun to read, and I can’t wait to see if I read the others.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chinook

    I have to say, I’m really enjoying revisiting this old series as graphic novels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    allison

    a cute, fun read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jaycee R.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Always include everyone and they might just have a good idea that you are going to use to help you succeed in life. That is my favorite quote in the book. "The Babysitters Club" by Raina Telgemeier is about a girl who has diabetes and just moved away from a tough friendship after a fight they had with each other. Then moved to stoneybrook, Connecticut and joined the babysitters club. The text says that she was with her friends back in New York where she used to live and they were eating together Always include everyone and they might just have a good idea that you are going to use to help you succeed in life. That is my favorite quote in the book. "The Babysitters Club" by Raina Telgemeier is about a girl who has diabetes and just moved away from a tough friendship after a fight they had with each other. Then moved to stoneybrook, Connecticut and joined the babysitters club. The text says that she was with her friends back in New York where she used to live and they were eating together. They asked her if she is okay and she said that she was fine but she really was not fine. The next day at lunch she was really tired and her head fell to the table and she was sent to the hospital. The Doctor said that she had diabetes and needed to inject insulin in her body everyday and have a diet. Additionally, the text explains that she has a very hard time with babysitting with a competition for older babysitters. Overall, the main message of the text is always try harder even if someone is trying hard to. Yes i would definitely recommend this book to a friend because it's one of those series that you want to keep on reading and never stop.

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